Coastweeks


2023 ICC Graphic Design without the year

Coastweeks 

Coastweeks, or the International Coastal Cleanup is a nationwide effort coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy and for the past 30 years, they have inspired millions of people to assist with the cause for healthier seas. Each year, The Ocean Conservancy mobilizes communities to help organize and participate in beach cleanups whilst recording/documenting data such as what kinds of trash they pick up and how much. You can join the effort to reduce marine debris from our coasts to help keep our islands clean! 

Cleanups are great but you can take your action one step further today! Make a non-monetary pledge to reduce your dependence on single-use plastics.

TAKE THE MARINE DEBRIS PLEDGE

 

Our 2023 Coastweeks Cleanups have concluded. However, our team can coordinate cleanups at any time. Click the button below to schedule a cleanup. 

SCHEDULE A CLEANUP

 

Coastweeks 2023 Data Highlights

Check out some of the Coastweeks data from 2023 below!
25,524
Total Items Removed
Total Number of Items Removed
490
Total Number of Volunteers
Total Number of Volunteers
8,288.71
Total lbs of Trash Removed
Total Weight of Trash Removed during Cleanups
63% of all trash collected during the 2023 Coastweeks cleanups was plastic waste. This included items such as 2,035 plastic bottle caps, 1,594 plastic bottles, and 984 plastic straws. While these items may seem small in size, they can have long-lasting impacts when improperly disposed of.
Howard Forbes Jr.
2023
Howard Forbes Jr. - University of the Virgin Islands

 


Marine Debris / Coastweeks Cleanup Resources  

You can download/access any of the resources below to learn more about marine debris and be better prepared for your next cleanup!

Cover page for the USVI Marine Debris Activity book This activity book was adapted from the NOAA Marine Debris Program and contains locally-relevant examples and activities to educate you on the topic of marine debris as well as what you can do to prevent it. Hard copies of the book can be made available upon request though supplies are limited. Click the image of the book above or HERE to access the full activity book. 

USVI Marine Debris Curriculum cover page This curriculum was funded through the NOAA Marine Debris Program and developed through the collaborative input of USVI educators, scientists, natural resource managers, students, and many others. Adapted from the marine debris curriculum developed for Oregon Sea Grant, this resource provides educators with strategies and tools to provide locally-relevant instruction to their students on the topic of marine debris. Hard copies of this resource can be made available upon request though supplies are limited. Click the image of the book above or HERE to access the curriculum. 

Marine Debris Presentation

Our team uses this presentation to introduce the topic of marine debris whilst paying attention to 4 main areas: 1) What is marine debris? 2) How is marine debris transported? 3) What are the impacts of marine debris? 4) What can we do to minimize and/or prevent marine debris. You can download the presentation in pdf format by either clicking the image above or by clicking HERE

Marine debris action plan cover

The USVI Marine Debris Action Plan is a living document created to protect the USVI coasts, people, and wildlife from the impacts of marine debris. The plan is a result of input and feedback from stakeholders at workshops held in 2020 and 2021. You can access the USVI Marine Debris Action Plan by either clicking the image above or by clicking HERE

Ocean Trash Poster

This Ocean Trash poster produced by The Ocean Conservancy highlights some of the more commonly found items during cleanups. These posters can be made available upon request; however, supplies are limited. Click the image of the poster or HERE to download the poster.

Cleanup Save the date flyer

Download this Save the Date Flyer to advertise your next cleanup. Printed copies of these can be made available upon request. Click the image of the poster or HERE to download the flyer.

Ocean Conservancy Cleanup Data Card

This is the data card used by The Ocean Conservancy to document the various types and amounts of trash collected during cleanups such as our annual Coastweeks cleanups. Download the data card by clicking the image above or by clicking HERE.

Cleanup Certificate

You can hand these certificates produced by The Ocean Conservancy to your cleanup volunteers; printed copies can be made available upon request. Download these certificates by clicking the image above or by clicking HERE

 

Contact Us!

Our team is happy to assist you!

Office Phone: St. Thomas (340) 693-1672 / St. Croix (340) 692-4046
E-mail: St. Thomas (howard.forbes@uvi.edu
Website: http://vimas.uvi.edu
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